Books



A Matter of the Will: An Excerpt from Adorning the Dark

By Andrew Peterson

A few years ago I had lunch with a friend in Chattanooga. His name is Chris Slaten, and he’s an excellent songwriter, performing under the name Son of Laughter. I’m envious of his beard. I asked him how his songwriting was going, and since he’s a schoolteacher I wondered where and when he wrote. Did he have an office? He smiled between bites of tortilla chips and tapped his temple. “I do it up here,” he said.

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Celebrating Release Day: The Light Princess

By The Rabbit Room

With great pleasure, we share today a new Rabbit Room Press reprinting of The Light Princess by George MacDonald. The influence of George MacDonald’s imagination is sweeping and inestimable. His approach to the fairy tale, ever-enchanted by the beauty of the gospel, continues to leave an indelible impact on generations of writers and readers—including us, of course!

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Gobsmacked: An Afterword to The Light Princess

By Andrew Peterson

Years ago I was helping out in a Sunday School class, and the teacher asked the boys and girls what I thought was an unfortunate question.

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A Review of The Dragon Lord Saga: Martin & Marco

By Ned Bustard

At Hutchmoot this year I was able to sit down for lunch with Jonny Jimison, the creator of The Dragon Lord Saga: Martin & Marco—the new, full-color edition from Rabbit Room Press. We didn’t discuss his new book, because he was busy teaching Douglas McKelvey how to play the card game that is a spin off from the book. That was fine, because I had already told him what I hated about his book—it was “Volume 1.”

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Scared and Sacred: An Excerpt from Adorning the Dark

By Andrew Peterson

Being a writer doesn’t just mean writing. It means finishing. I’ve heard it said that a song is never finished, only abandoned. That’s not true for me. To the contrary, I can’t wait to be done with the thing, because only once it’s finished can I raise my hand at the back of the class and say something that will be considered, not ignored, something that might be a blessing to someone. Only then do I begin to take on some flesh and stop haunting the room. Walt Wangerin Jr. said once that art isn’t art until it’s experienced by another.

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The Power of Story: A Review of Slugs & Bugs Books

By Carolyn Leiloglou

Our family has long enjoyed Randall Goodgame’s Slugs & Bugs albums, and even though my older kids have outgrown asking for them, you might still overhear my 14-year old singing “Tractor Tractor” on occasion. What makes those albums so appealing is Goodgame’s ability to draw kids in with his just-right balance of silliness and sincerity, laughter and lesson.

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Release Day: Adorning the Dark

By Pete Peterson

For more than twenty years now, my brother, Andrew Peterson, has been baring his soul in his music, and in doing so he’s shined a light into the dark corners of the souls of others, mine included. But he’s no ordinary singer-songwriter, he’s a novelist as well, and his Wingfeather books are beloved far and wide; they’ve lighted up untold numbers of faces and hearts of their own, and in their own ways. But today marks the release of something different. 

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The Battle to Read Deeply

By Carolyn Arends

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

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Video: Eucatastrophe & Adorning the Dark

By The Rabbit Room

We’re so excited for Andrew Peterson’s new book, Adorning the Dark, and we especially appreciate the way he engages with Tolkien’s notion of eucatastrophe as it appears in the creative process—the unrelenting search for a “pinprick of light,” even in the very heart of darkness. Click through to hear Andrew’s thoughts directly in a video interview.

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The Light Princess & A Faerie Wind

By Jennifer Trafton

[Editor’s note: Recently, the Rabbit Room staff has been struck by the sheer amount of awesome new stuff being released during the month of October. So this month’s blog content will be punctuated by posts that spotlight each of these exciting new works of art. We will begin with Rabbit Room Press’s reprinting of The Light Princess, complete with illustrations by Ned Bustard (of Every Moment Holy). What follows is the foreword included in the book, written by Jennifer Trafton. Enjoy!]

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In the Beginning: An Excerpt from Adorning the Dark

By Andrew Peterson

You mumble a phrase. It’s gibberish, but it suggests a melody. You’ve gotten melodies in your head before, but this one feels different, like it’s made of something stronger and older. You notice this because you’re able to repeat it, and you like it, and you sing it again and again, enough times that you pull out your phone and record it. As soon as you get it down, you forget about it and move on.

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Transposing Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene

By Rebecca Reynolds

One of the most brilliant aspects of The Faerie Queene also makes this work inaccessible to most modern readers. For approximately 35,000 lines, Spenser writes in verse (tight poetic form).

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